The Franklin Theatre is bringing a great new blues band to town. Perhaps you haven’t heard of them yet, but you won’t want to miss them. The Heritage Blues Orchestra is coming to Middle Tennessee Thursday, September 28 as part of a 30-city, 6-country tour, and you should give them a listen!

Our friends at the Franklin Theatre are offering a special ticket discount ($10 off) to TJBS members and supporters. Use the discount code hbo10 when buying tickets.

Their 2012 CD, And Still I Rise, received a Grammy nomination. The group’s approach features a modern take on a range of blues styles, from traditional field hollers to electric urban blues.  Performances receive adulatory reviews, with terms such as “tour-de-force” and “virtuoso” throughout.

Here’s an excerpt from a a review of one of their performances in Britain:

“It was a privilege to be at the Liverpool Phil last night to see The Heritage Blues Orchestra at one of only two dates that this astonishing new band played in the UK. I haven’t been so totally knocked out and blown away by a new band in a long time. The group released their first album – the magnificent And Still I Rise – in 2012, and soon began receiving adulatory reviews from critics across the board.

“The HBO are on a mission – to breathe new life into the blues in all its forms, whether that means work songs and field hollers, gospel, down home country blues from the Delta or urban blues from Chicago’s South Side, New Orleans marching jazz or rhythm and blues. This talented nine-piece do everything, and last night they electrified a full house at the Phil.

“Every member of this band is a virtuoso. Lead vocals are taken by Bill Sims Jr., his daughter Chaney Sims, and Junior Mack, who also plays blistering slide guitar. Bill Sims also plays electric and acoustic guitar, and piano. Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith is currently the most sought-after blues session drummer in Chicago, and you can see why: he was a powerhouse of varied rhythms that drew on on the rich tradition of blues drumming in new and inventive ways.

“Adding to the richness and variety of sounds that the HBO can generate are Vincent Bucher on harmonica (considered one of the most experienced and accomplished harmonica players anywhere), and a horn section consisting of Bruno Wilhelm on tenor sax (he also provides the horn arrangements), Clark Gayton on trombone, sousaphone and tuba, and Kenny Rampton and Steve Wiseman on trumpet.”

The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements; the haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the real roots of it all.

Tickets $30-$45 at